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  • 81.
    There is nothing insignificant in the world. It all depends on the point of view.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Letter to Johann Christian Lobe (July, 1820).

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  • 82.
    Normally, the sciences distance themselves from life and the return to it via a detour.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Wilhelm Meister's Travels, from Makarie's Archive (1829).

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  • 83.
    We are pantheists as natural scientists, polytheists as poets, and monotheists as moral beings.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Sayings in Prose (posthumous).
  • 84.
    Piety is not a goal but a means to attain through the purest peace of mind the highest culture.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Wilhelm Meister's Travels, Reflections in the Spirit of the Travellers (1829).

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  • 85.
    It is as certain as it is strange that truth and error come from one and the same source; for that reason one must often not do something to the detriment of error since one would do also something detrimental to truth.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Art and Antiquity, III, 1 (1821).

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  • 86.
    Neither a work of nature nor one of art we get to know when they have been finished; we must surprise them in the process of being created so as to understand them to some degree.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Letter, August 4, 1803, to Karl Friedrich Zelter.

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  • 87.
    Many hammer all over the wall and believe that with each blow they hit the nail on the head.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Art and Antiquity, III, 1 (1821).

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  • 88.
    The most original authors of today are original not because they create something new but because they are capable of saying such things as if they had never been said before.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Wilhelm Meister's Travels, Reflections in the Spirit of the Travellers (1829).

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  • 89.
    Legislators or revolutionaries who promise equality coupled with freedom are either phantasts or charlatans.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Letter to Johann Christian Lobe (July, 1820).

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  • 90.
    If we meet someone who owes us thanks, we right away remember that. But how often do we meet someone to whom we owe thanks without remembering that?
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Elective Affinities, bk. 2, ch. 4, from Ottilie's Diary (1809).

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